Jul 02 09:50

Admission of Hillary Clinton’s classified emails opens door for feds to seize her servers

The State Department on Wednesday conceded that two dozen of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails did contain classified information, a fact that could trigger a U.S. policy that authorizes the government to take control of her private server and sanitize the contents.

A former senior intelligence official told The Washington Times the policy also requires the government to check other Internet paths her secret information could have taken.

Jul 02 09:41

US spying went beyond Merkel, ministers targeted: report

New documents released by WikiLeaks show that the United States did not just tap German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone but also eavesdropped on several ministers, the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

German-US relations were badly strained after fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 revealed widespread US foreign surveillance, although a probe into the alleged tapping of Merkel’s mobile phone was dropped last month over a lack of evidence.

But according to the latest revelations the US National Security Agency (NSA) did not limit its snooping activities to Merkel, and showed particular interest in the activities of the ministries of finance, economy and agriculture, Sueddeutsche Zeitung wrote.

Jul 02 09:32

Germany appoints senior judge to inspect list of NSA targets

Germany on Wednesday named a former senior judge as special investigator to inspect a list of targets that German intelligence tracked on behalf of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), causing a political uproar.

Critics have accused Chancellor Angela Merkel's staff of giving the German BND foreign intelligence agency the green light to help the NSA spy on European firms and officials, triggering a scandal that has dented Merkel's popularity.

Jul 02 09:25

Amazon just wrote a TLS crypto library in only 6,000 lines of C code

Dubbed s2n for "signal to noise," the new library comprises just over 6,000 lines of C code. By comparison, OpenSSL consists of more than 500,000 lines of code, with around 70,000 of them devoted to TLS alone.

"Naturally with each line of code there is a risk of error, but this large size also presents challenges for code audits, security reviews, performance, and efficiency," AWS chief security officer Stephen Schmidt said in a blog post announcing s2n.

By implementing TLS from scratch in a leaner library that leaves out "seldom used options and extensions," AWS hopes to make it easier to spot and address security vulnerabilities in the code.

Jul 02 09:24

Europol vs ISIS: Battleground social media

The EU's law enforcement agency is taking on Islamic State's PR machine. Islamists have been getting the upper hand online, and have been recruiting thousands of foreigners for months. Now, Europol is finally creating a team to try and crush the social media propaganda of ISIS.

Jul 02 09:22

LG won't fix malware slinging bloatware update hole

The Budapest University of Technology and Economics' Security Evaluation and Research Laboratory (SEARCH-LAB) says "malicious attackers controlling the network are able to install arbitrary applications" on LG's Android phones, thanks to a flaw in their software update mechanism.

The Lab says the flaw impacts "all Android based LG Smart Phones", thanks to the "Update Centre" LG installs on its hardware to handle upgrades to the non-standard apps it uses to pollute handsets with bloatware add value in a crowded market. SEARCH-LAB says it informed LG of the flaw in November 2014.

"The Update Center application communicates with the host through HTTPS," the SEARCH-LAB team write. "However, the SSL certificate of the server is not verified by the Update Center application at all, thus the connection can be hijacked by a man-in-the-middle attack."

Jul 02 09:13

NSA: Visualize Everything

The National Security Agency, while primarily occupied by sweeping up billions of phone calls, emails, texts and social media messages each day, wants better visual information about the earth and its residents, too, Admiral Michael Rogers said Wednesday.

"Signals intelligence ... ain't enough, you guys," the NSA chief told a gathering of contractors in the geospatial intelligence business. "We gotta create a much broader picture."

We need "the ability to visualize," he explained, because "man is fundamentally a visual creature."

Jul 02 09:02

Sloppy Cyber Threat Sharing Is Surveillance by Another Name

Cybersecurity is a serious problem, but it’s not going to get better with Congress doing whatever it politically can instead of doing what it should. It’s not going to get better by neutering the few privacy protections we have. Good security is supposed to keep your information safe. But these laws will make your private emails and information vulnerable. Lawmakers have got to start listening to experts, and experts are saying the same thing. Don’t just do something, do the right thing. And if you can’t do the right thing, then don’t do anything at all.

Jul 02 08:59

German media: Obama, NSA tactics a reminder of Nazi's Gestapo in Europe

The revelation of this latest information on spying has created a significant political uprising in Germany, a nation that has been historically victimized by spies in its midst. In the past, the German people had more than their share of experience with espionage due to the tactics of Adolph Hitler's Gestapo and then the communist-government's Stasi in East Germany. Experts believe this history of domestic spying has created a fear of any sort of spying or eavesdropping which explains the reaction when one of Chancellor Merkel's cell phones was allegedly bugged by the Obama administration.

Jul 02 08:46


A lawfirm well known for its anti-piracy activities defrauded its entertainment industry clients out of millions, an investigation has found. Following an independent study by auditing company Deloitte, it's been revealed that an owner of the Johan Schlüter Law Firm illegally pocketed at least $15m. A police investigation is now underway.

Jul 02 08:42


One of the National Security Agency’s most powerful tools of mass surveillance makes tracking someone’s Internet usage as easy as entering an email address, and provides no built-in technology to prevent abuse. Today, The Intercept is publishing 48 top-secret and other classified documents about XKEYSCORE dated up to 2013, which shed new light on the breadth, depth and functionality of this critical spy system — one of the largest releases yet of documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to Amerika, the land of the surveilled and the home of the cowed!!

Jul 02 08:21

‘Meganet’, Part 2: Kim Dotcom plans crowdfunded replacement to internet (Ft. Max Keiser)

Kim Dotcom plans on creating a replacement to the internet, called ‘Meganet’. The service will be totally encrypted.

Jul 02 01:17

Man Grabbed, Crushed to Death By Factory Robot: “This is Just the Start… Machines Will Take Over Our Lives”

“This is just the start…machines will take over our jobs, lives and world.”

That was one man’s reaction to news that a deadly accident during the installation of an assembly line robot at a Volkswagen plant in Germany led to the robot coming to life, grabbing a man and slamming him against a metal plate.

A scene out of the movie Terminator just happened for real. A robot killed a contractor at one of Volkswagen’s production plants in Germany, the automaker said.

Webmaster addition: The media is trying to make this our as a murder, when this was clearly a malfunction.

Jul 01 21:09

End Of Privacy: ICANN Is Considering Forcing Website Owners To Go Public

Webmaster addition: ICANN already demands a public record for owners of websites such as this one. DomainsByProxy was set up to allow government agencies to create phony websites and conceal their true source and no doubt there will be a similar exception made for any new rules as well.

Jul 01 20:19

It’s Not Just the Navy, the Entire US Government Uses Outdated Software

This week, it was the U.S. Navy’s turn to be jeered, after it was reported that it was still paying Microsoft $9 million per year to use Windows XP—a 14-year old software system that had already stopped receiving security updates for a full year.

The most distressing part of these recent security breaches is that the use of archaic technology is the rule, not the exception, in the U.S. government.

For example, the technology deployed by the government for the management of high-stakes military facilities, are often decades old. In 2014, a tour of a nuclear missile silo in Wisconsin found that the command launches were still run on floppy disks from the 1980s. In 2012, the Army began migrating its tech platforms to Windows 7—from Windows XP, having decided to skip Vista altogether.

Jul 01 17:25

Uber is your Big Brother: It tracks you everywhere, even when you're not using the Uber app

However, there is another issue with the Uber smartphone app that has raised serious concerns among the public and various privacy groups: Uber tracks and records information regarding the location of passengers who use the service even when the app is not in use.

In the first years of its operations, Uber came under fire over charges that the company had "casually" used the information it gathered with its "God View" technology, which gives the company the capability of monitoring the location of all its drivers as well as users who have flagged its vehicles. The company even reportedly shared some of this data with third parties who did not work for Uber.

Recently, however, it has been revealed that Uber's updated policy tracks passengers and allows access to their personal information.

Jul 01 17:20

Script-blocker NoScript lets in ANYTHING from

Detectify security researcher Linus Särud has reported a weakness in popular Firefox security tool NoScript that allows attackers to have their malware whitelisted.

The tool is used by some two million security-and-privacy-conscious folk who want to stop active content like JavaScript and Flash getting a foothold in their browsers.

Such folk will be disappointed to learn that Särud (@_zulln) says attackers could upload their net menace of choice to any free Google subdomain and have it slip through NoScript's defences.

The researcher says blanket whitelisting of means he was able to create a script that could pass default NoScript configurations and be executed within user browsers.

Jul 01 15:46

US court approves resumption of NSA’s bulk data collection

A court in the United States has ruled that the National Security Agency can continue with the systematical collection of Americans’ domestic phone calls records.

Jul 01 14:31

UK General: We Must Lie on Twitter to Defeat ISIS

Earlier this year, US officials announced a plan to set up a State Department office to centralize all government anti-ISIS propaganda on Twitter and Facebook.

Jul 01 12:00

Cell Phone Tracking Explained In Plain English

Jul 01 09:54

Secret US court allows resumption of bulk phone metadata spying: Thought Congress put a halt to the snooping program Snowden exposed? Think again.

A secret US tribunal ruled late Monday that the National Security Agency is free to continue its bulk telephone metadata surveillance program—the same spying that Congress voted to terminate weeks ago.

Jul 01 09:36

Google apologizes after photo software tags black people as 'gorillas'

Google has apologized after its new Photos app classified two black friends as 'gorillas’, placing their photos in a special album. The tech giant has since removed the tag from the program, saying it is "genuinely sorry” for the mistake.

Jul 01 08:35

Wanted in College Graduates: Tolerance for Ambiguity

As artificial intelligence increasingly makes many jobs obsolete, success in the future will belong to those able to tolerate ambiguity in their work. Too many recent graduates, however, approach their job descriptions the way they did a syllabus in college—as a recipe for winning in a career. They want concrete, well-defined tasks, as if they were preparing for an exam in college. “Excelling at any job is about doing the things you weren’t asked to do,” said Mary Egan, founder of Gathered Table, a Seattle-based start-up and former senior vice president for strategy and corporate development at Starbucks. “This generation is not as comfortable with figuring out what to do.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I grew up in a generation where figuring things out for yourself was encouraged. And the ability to solve unexpected problems is where humans (at least for the moment) are superior to computers. But people who can "think outside the box" are a serious threat to governments trying to keep everyone inside a box and it comes as no surprise that recent trends in public education, especially Common Core, discourage analytical thinking in favor of teaching preprogrammed responses to preprogrammed problems.

As a side note, AMC has a new series out called "HUMANS" (The 'A' is inverted in the title) which is worth watching. It is very well written, and while the main story line is "bad scientists try to recapture escaped experimental robots" is a tad trite, the real story is about the introduction of artificial intelligence systems into consumer life, and the social problems which will result when we look into our systems and realize there is something looking back!

Jul 01 01:05

Crowdsourcing campaign to bailout Greece launched by British shoe shop employee

A British shoe shop worker launched a crowdfunding campaign to help Greece pay back its $1.8 billion IMF loan, which was to fall due Tuesday. There was so much enthusiasm behind the campaign that the host website's servers were crashed from the traffic.

Jun 30 20:23

Warning: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it shares access to password-protected Wi-Fi networks with the user's contacts.

Those contacts include their (nee Hotmail) contacts, Skype contacts and, with an opt-in, their Facebook friends. There is method in the Microsoft madness – it saves having to shout across the office or house “what’s the Wi-Fi password?” – but ease of use has to be tamed with security. If you wander close to a wireless network, and your friend knows the password, and you both have Wi-Fi Sense, you can now log into that network.

Wi-Fi Sense doesn’t reveal the plaintext password to your family, friends, acquaintances, and the chap at the takeaway who's an contact, but it does allow them, if they are also running Wi-Fi Sense, to log in to your Wi-Fi.

Jun 30 18:56

There has been at least 11 physical attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in California dating back a year

"When it affects multiple companies and cities, it does become disturbing," Wuthrich said. "We definitely need the public's assistance."

Jun 30 18:33

FBI investigating new fiber cable attack in California

The cut took place in Livermore, a city about 40 miles east of San Francisco, Wuthrich said. He was not able to provide any further information.

Wave Broadband said the fiber cables were physically severed beginning at 4:20 a.m. local time (1220 GMT). Repairs are underway, but Wave could not say when service would be restored.

Jun 30 18:24

Router malware spreads to steal passwords

Once the virus was running, not only would it steal your information, it would use your computer to send spam containing the virus. However, researchers have noticed that the virus has moved beyond just infecting computers.

The researches have seen hundreds of routers infected with Dyre that are communicating with hacker-run servers and sending out virus-filled spam. So far, the affected routers are ones running MikroTik and Ubiquiti's AirOS operating systems.

Researchers aren't quite sure how the routers are being taken over, but they suspect it's because the routers never had their default password changed. Most new routers come with a default password that's the same for every model unit.

Jun 30 18:14

Federal employee union sues US government over data breach

The largest US federal employee union has lodged a lawsuit against the federal personnel office for failing to protect personal files from the most damaging cyberthefts in the country’s history.

Jun 30 16:23

Google searches give own services priority, ‘yield inferior results’ – new study

A hard-hitting new study claims that Google’s search results not only favor its own internal websites over competing destinations, but also degrade social welfare and freeze out potential rivals in doing so.

Jun 30 16:11

Federal employee union sues US government over data breach

The largest US federal employee union has lodged a lawsuit against the federal personnel office for failing to protect personal files from the most damaging cyberthefts in the country’s history.

Jun 30 16:03

'Coordinated attack' downs services with cut lines

Internet providers suffered disruptions Tuesday in what a West Coast internet provider said appeared to be a coordinated physical attack on three high-capacity "backbone" lines in California.

Wave Broadband said three major fiber-optic cables in the Sacramento area were "physically severed in what appears to be a coordinated attack on multiple internet carriers."

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Well, that would explain what happened during today's show!

Jun 30 10:24

Google searches give own services priority, ‘yield inferior results’ – new study

A hard-hitting new study claims that Google’s search results not only favor its own internal websites over competing destinations, but also degrade social welfare and freeze out potential rivals in doing so.

Jun 30 06:39

NSA spied on French economy ministers, companies: WikiLeaks

The US National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapped the communications of two French economy ministers and spied on the country's largest companies, according to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, just one week after it emerged the US had spied on the last three presidents of France.

Jun 29 23:47

Political roundup: Dangers for democracy in today's cyber bullying law

Every MP, bar one, will vote this afternoon for a piece of legislation that seeks to protect those being “harmed” by material on the internet. But the Harmful Digital Communications Bill is being widely criticised as dangerous in the way it seeks to regulate online activities. So is online democracy under threat?

Could Patrick Gower be taken off the internet? Of course this is a ridiculous question - with many possible replies - yet it's also a useful question posed by opponents of new cyber-bullying legislation that will be passed today in Parliament.

It was posed on Twitter by the biggest critic of the new bill, blogger No Right Turn (@norightturnnz), who tweeted to Gower "Did you know that if the harmful Digital Communications bill passes, your job will be illegal?" - see my blog post, Top tweets about the Harmful Digital Communications Bill.

Jun 29 23:45

Controversial cyberbullying law passes

• New cyberbullying law will create a criminal offence of intentionally causing harm by posting a digital communication, punishable by up to two years' imprisonment or a maximum fine of $50,000.

• Complaints can be made to an approved agency, which will attempt to resolve the issue and may contact companies like Google to get material taken down.

A wide-reaching law that will criminalise online communications deemed deliberately harmful has passed into law - despite unexpected and last minute opposition.

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill has passed its third reading, 116 votes in favour to 5 votes against.

The controversial law is designed to crack-down on cyber-bullying, but opponents have warned it is too vague and could be used as a weapon against free speech.

Act Party leader David Seymour was expected to be the only MP to vote against the legislation, after reluctant support from Labour and the Greens.

Jun 29 16:24

GCHQ unit involved in manipulating citizens' behavior via internet - report

When not busy with counterterrorism operations, a secretive unit of the UK’s GCHQ spy agency reportedly helps traditional law enforcement and is engaged in manipulating public opinion via the internet, new documents reveal.

Jun 29 13:02

Revealed: NSA Conducted Massive Economic Espionage Against France

New documents released by WikiLeaks reveal that the NSA's spying program delved even deeper into the French economy and politics, eavesdropping on government ministers and major corporations. The news comes only days after it was revealed that the US spied on three French presidential administrations.

Jun 29 11:49

Japan Celebrates Historic Robot Wedding

Webmaster addition: Guests at the wedding threw batteries at the happy couple!

Jun 29 10:08

Newsday Editor: Carve Hate Speech Out Of First Amendment, Hold Websites Responsible If Users Post Hate Speech

It's perfectly reasonable to be angered and horrified at ignorant, racist, bigoted hate speech. It's perfectly reasonable to be concerned about those who spew such idiocy. But it's something else entirely to argue that because you dislike it, others should not be allowed to speak their beliefs. That a newspaper editor would advocate for such things seems particularly bizarre and counterproductive.

Jun 29 07:00

Turns Out the US Launched Its Zero-Day Policy in Feb 2010

Zero-day vulnerabilities are software security holes that are not known to the software vendor and are therefore unpatched and open to attack by hackers and others. A zero-day exploit is the malicious code crafted to attack such a hole to gain entry to a computer. When security researchers uncover zero-day vulnerabilities, they generally disclose them to the vendor so they can be patched. But when the government wants to exploit a hole, it withholds the information, leaving all computers that contain the flaw open to attack—including U.S. government computers, critical infrastructure systems and the computers of average users.

Jun 29 06:08


A new infrared police license plate reader system called the Data Driver Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDCAT) can spy on nearly a million license plates in a two-month span. DDACT's are being used in Idaho as evidenced by the above video.

Jun 28 20:39

Hated scheme now 'unachievable', howls watchdog

Project is one of four so bad it's easier to flush the money down the toiilet

Jun 28 20:37

Ransomware slinging exploit kit targets Flash remote code execution

Attackers have added a recent dangerous Adobe vulnerability to the Magnitude exploit kit, according to respected independent malware researcher "Kafeine".

The remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2015-3113) revealed last week allows attackers to hijack un-patched machines targeting Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and XP.

Web villains designated APT 3 by FireEye sleuths are already exploiting the flaw through phishing attacks.

Now the researcher known as Kafeine says the vulnerability has been added to the Magnitude exploit kit in what is a significant elevation of risk for Flash users.

Kafeine says Magnitude attackers are using the exploit to drop the Cryptowall ransomware.

Jun 28 20:34

Facebook now harvesting the list of all the other websites you visit: total online surveillance is here

If you're one of the millions of people who have a love/hate relationship with Facebook, there are now even more reasons for hating the immensely successful social media giant.

You probably know that Facebook collects and stores your personal data and preferences to form a profile that it uses to generate advertising content targeted directly at you. But did you know that Facebook also looks at all the other websites you visit and stores that data, too? Facebook also collects your online search data along with some of the details you give to retailers when you purchase something.

Jun 28 19:32

GCHQ and NSA broke antivirus software so that they could spy on people, leaks indicate

The British and American spy agencies deliberately broke anti-virus software so that they could read the messages of their citizens, according to new leaks.

Both the NSA and GCHQ have long been said to have deliberately reversed engineer software so that they could find weaknesses in software and exploit them to read communications. But new documents show that the agencies did so to some of the most popular antivirus software, potentially exposing hundreds of millions of people to dangerous viruses, according to a report from The Intercept.

The agencies reverse engineered Kaspersky antivirus software so that they could see how it worked and ensure that it didn’t keep them from looking through computers, according to the report. They also looked through emails that had been sent to the company flagging up viruses and vulnerabilities, the Intercept reported.

Jun 28 15:06

Pita - the main weapon of the Israeli hackers

This news has to be reread several times to believe. Israel developed the newest device for hacking computer systems. It can decrypt codes remotely and instantly. And this is Pita.
Why Pita? Maybe it's the shape of this hollow inside and a round pastry. In pita experts from the University of Tel Aviv decided to hide electronic components, which capture electromagnetic radiation and deciphering codes. And it's in the acronym PITA (Portable Instrument for Trace Acquisition).

Jun 28 11:17

Can your iron attack you? Kaspersky says 'yes'

Snowden’s revelations did not shock Kaspersky: after all, he was educated at a KGB-sponsored cryptography institute and worked for Russian military intelligence. He was even accused of close ties with the FSB, the KGB’s successor. Kaspersky knows we live in a world where “everybody is watching everybody.” I suppose he expected that his business would be watched by the special services and his anti-virus products examined. He even said the attack was “just a good audit” and would stimulate the company to develop better security software.
What really worries Kaspersky is the fact that vacuum cleaners, mixers, fridges, smart TVs and even watches are now becoming dangerous. This week, speaking to journalists at a conference in St. Petersburg, he said that these devices would become a new source of cyber threats for humankind. “Everything that has an internet connection, everything that might be connected to the internet, will be hacked sooner or later,” he said.

Jun 28 09:43

Churches electronically monitoring congregants

"In the beginning, I was surprised. We never thought of churches as potential clients, but we now understand the need. Most churches do already keep track of their members," said Moshe Greenshpan, the CEO of the company.

Webmaster addition: But, but, but ... I was told God knows all, sees all, hears all. Doesn't He know who is in the church?!? Which reminds me, why didn't He send an angel with an AK to stop Dylann Roof from murdering his faithful flock? Was he too busy putting his face on a piece of toast? :)

Jun 27 16:02

Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth

This episode highlights the need for hard, not soft, switches to all devices – webcams, microphones – that can be used for surveillance. A software on/off switch for a webcam is no longer enough, a hard shield in front of the lens is required. A software on/off switch for a microphone is no longer enough, a physical switch that breaks its electrical connection is required. That’s how you defend against this in depth.


Nobody, and I really mean nobody, is to be trusted with a technical capability to listen to every room in the world, with listening profiles customizable at the identified-individual level, on the mere basis of “trust us”.

Privacy remains your own responsibility.

Jun 27 15:52

Think it's cool Facebook can auto-tag you in pics? So does the government

State-of-the-art facial recognition technology, which had been the stuff of hypothetical privacy nightmares for years, is becoming a startling reality. It is increasingly being deployed all around the United States by giant tech companies, shady advertisers and the FBI – with few if any rules to stop it.

Jun 27 07:44

Internet access “not a necessity or human right,” says FCC Republican

Federal Communications Commission member Michael O’Rielly yesterday argued that "Internet access is not a necessity or human right" and called this one of the most important "principles for regulators to consider as it relates to the Internet and our broadband economy."
O'Rielly, one of two Republicans on the Democratic-majority commission, outlined his views in a speech before the Internet Innovation Alliance, a coalition of businesses and nonprofits.

Jun 26 14:34

Feds Force Editor to Rat out Commenters

I think we all know how crazy the comment section of any website can get. But no matter how vindictive, blustering, or threatening a comment may be, it’s pretty rare for the commenter to act on it in the real world.

But try telling that to the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Jun 26 09:59

Spam the NSA! - add this list to your Email Signature

It only takes a few of those words, and change the order around from time to time so they can;t filter it out.

Jun 26 08:31

USA, Not Sure Who Cyber-Hacked Them, Decides To Blame China

China is the “leading suspect” in the massive hack of a US government agency holding the personnel records of millions of Americans, US intelligence chief James Clapper has said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Clapper has just admitted that the massive NSA spy operation is a total failure, since protecting US IT infrastructure was its main purported purpose, the reason we were supposed to stop whining about the Fourth Amendment while the NSA looted our business secrets and stole naked photos of our lovers, etc. NSA just had a major test of its credibility ... and came up lacking. (Not that anyone would believe them if they said they did know it was China anyway).

Jun 26 06:56

Sneak Attack on Net Neutrality Picks Up Steam in the House

“Maybe every so often we can be on the side of the American people,” Rep. Jose Serrano said, “and not corporations.”

Those are fighting words — but unfortunately the House majority doesn’t seem to be heeding them. Not when it comes to Net Neutrality.

This afternoon the House appropriations committee voted against two amendments — one from Serrano, one from Rep. Nita Lowey — to remove anti-Net Neutrality language from a must-pass government-funding package.

The anti-Net Neutrality provisions — buried deep within this 158-page bill — would strip the FCC of the money it needs to enforce its open Internet protections. The provisions would also prevent the rules from remaining in effect until after the court cases challenging them have been decided — a process that could take years.

Jun 25 15:01

Smart Meters Fire, Living Hell and Bureaucratic Messes

By Catherine J. Frompovich

This is the real life story about what a Smart Meter can do to your home and your life, especially when a public utility company, a state regulatory agency and insurance company are involved. Colleen, of Yardley, Pennsylvania, has been living a Faustian nightmare and feels she has been pressed to all reasonable limits all because of PECO, an Exelon company, installing a SMART METER on her house...

Jun 25 10:27


Infidelity. Sexual fetishes. Drug abuse. Crushing debt. They’re the most intimate secrets of U.S. government workers. And now they’re in the hands of foreign hackers. It was already being described as the worst hack of the U.S. government in history. And it just got much worse.

Webmaster addition: Note hoe the government "presumes" the hackers are Chinese. Doesn't the NSA know?!?

Jun 25 09:36

Yahoo's trying to trick you into switching search engines

Thinking about how much you'd like to try Yahoo's search engine instead of Google or even Bing? Us neither, but you may end up with it anyway if you're not careful during your next Java update. CEO Marissa Meyer told shareholders yesterday that Yahoo has teamed with Oracle on a new partnership aimed at getting users to take its search for a spin.

Jun 25 09:25

What Is the Big Secret Surrounding Stingray Surveillance?

State and local law enforcement agencies across the U.S. are setting up fake cell towers to gather mobile data, but few will admit it

Jun 25 08:33

Not OK, Google! Covert installations of ‘eavesdropping tool’ raise alarm

Open source developers and privacy campaigners are raising concerns over the automatic installation of a shady “eavesdropping tool” designed to enable ‘OK Google’ functionality but potentially capable of snooping on any conversation near the computer.

Jun 24 20:09

IRS employees can use 'password' as a password? No wonder we get hacked

Instead of addressing their own problems and writing a bill that would force the government to upgrade all its legacy systems, implement stronger encryption across federal agencies and implement basic cybersecurity best practices immediately, members of both parties have been pushing dangerous “info-sharing” legislation that will end with much more of citizens’ private data in the hands of the government. And the FBI wants tech companies to install “backdoors” that would give the government access to all encrypted communications – thereby leaving everyone more vulnerable to hackers, not less. Two “solutions” that won’t fix any of the glaring problems staring them in the face, and which may make things a lot worse for ordinary people.

Why should anyone trust what the government says on cybersecurity when they can’t secure the systems they have full control over?

Jun 24 20:01

America - Land Of The Free (And Entirely Unaccountable)

As US officials admit that over 18 million Social Security numbers could have been stolen in the recent breach, as The Washington Post reports Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta told Senate lawmakers that she does not believe “anyone is personally responsible” for the massive hack of federal employee data and security clearance files and instead blamed the breach on old computer systems and the hackers themselves. Immediately distracting attention she added, "If there’s anyone to blame, it’s the perpetrators."

Jun 24 17:34


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Thanks to all who have donated so far, or sent in suggestions for the new WRH!

The new WRH website is coming along. My current plan is to swap the new site into operation the July 4th weekend. Some features may have to wait a bit, but most of it will be running. The only outstanding issue is copying the articles from the current site to the new site with all the links and comments working correctly.

The only major difference is that there is only one side bar instead of two.

PLEASE, if you have a specific feature you like (or hate) in the current site drop me an email and I will take your suggestions under consideration to make the site as friendly and useful as possible to all.

As always, thanks for your continued support. Together we may yet stop this rush into a potentially nuclear world war!

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Jun 24 13:08

What Information Does Google Hold on Me?

Have you ever wondered how much personal information Google holds on you? The search giant has made it easier than ever before to keep tabs on what you’re sharing with it by using its services – from your Google and YouTube search and browsing histories to the places you’ve been while logged in. Read on for how to control what you’re sharing, and who can see it.

Jun 24 12:47

Nowhere to hide: Facebook goes beyond 'facial recognition' to track you

Terrifying new research shows Facebook's ambitions to track users has gone far beyond the company's 'old' technology that recognises users faces, which in itself poses a dizzying array of privacy concerns.

The new development, dubbed Pose Invariant PErson Recognition (PIPER), gathers information about your clothing, hairstyles and body shapes and currently holds a 83% accuracy rate, already incredibly high and is expected to increase even further.

Jun 24 12:46

Changing your password on WRH while logged in.

I no longer have the capability to change my password in my WRH account. Does anybody else have this problem? Better yet, who doesn't have this problem, can you give me the url to the landing pg where i can change my WRH password.

Jun 24 11:51

US data hack is an excuse for new regulations on internet: Analyst

The US is trying to make an excuse to impose new regulations upon the internet in the wake of new revelations that the personal data of millions of government employees were affected by a cyber breach, says former CIA contractor Steven Kelley.

Jun 24 11:48

UK Companies in Mass Tech Exodus Over Controversial Snoopers' Charter

Concerns over Britain's controversial Snoopers' Charter are forcing tech companies based in the UK to leave the country.

Jun 24 11:05

What Information Does Google Hold on Me?

Have you ever wondered how much personal information Google holds on you? The search giant has made it easier than ever before to keep tabs on what you’re sharing with it by using its services – from your Google and YouTube search and browsing histories to the places you’ve been while logged in. Read on for how to control what you’re sharing, and who can see it.

Jun 24 10:58

Nowhere to hide: Facebook goes beyond 'facial recognition' to track you

Terrifying new research shows Facebook's ambitions to track users has gone far beyond the company's 'old' technology that recognises users faces, which in itself poses a dizzying array of privacy concerns.

The new development, dubbed Pose Invariant PErson Recognition (PIPER), gathers information about your clothing, hairstyles and body shapes and currently holds a 83% accuracy rate, already incredibly high and is expected to increase even further.

Jun 24 10:15

Why Jeb Bush Wants the United States to Be More Like Estonia

On Monday, Jeb Bush posted a column on Medium touting the need for ramped-up cybersecurity efforts. "Given the reliance of the United States government and the private sector on the internet, it is disturbing we remain vulnerable to its disruption and misuse," he wrote.

The piece was mostly devoid of specific ways to fix those vulnerabilities, but what Bush did propose raises some privacy concerns. The former Florida governor cited Estonia, a tiny Baltic nation that's a world leader in cybersecurity efforts, as a model to emulate. What he didn't say was that Estonia's model is predicated on pervasive government involvement in policing the country's internet infrastructure, with the central government establishing a secure online national ID system for citizens. This is a digital version of what US conservatives have long opposed: a national identity card.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More surveillance will not make US citizens any more safe.

What the US government can do to make us more safe, it pathologically will not do, and that is to stop mucking about in other people's countries to harvest resources to which it has absolutely no moral right.

Jun 24 09:55

France’s Hollande Calls Defense Cabinet Meeting After NSA Spying Claims

French President François Hollande plans to convene top defense advisers on Wednesday after Wikileaks published documents that purportedly show that the U.S. spied on him and his two predecessors.

The six documents, also published late Tuesday by two French publications, describe purported U.S. surveillance of internal deliberations and conversations of Mr. Hollande and former French presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac.

The White House late Tuesday said that it is not now spying on Mr. Hollande and that it would not undertake such surveillance against him in the future. The statement did not deny that spying had taken place in the past.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is going to be another sucker punch to American software and computer companies, because foreign countries' leadership (and their people) can no longer trust that hardware or software from American companies is not spying on them.

Smooth move, US government, way to go!!

And to anyone using the net; never say anything on the net you wouldn't want SCREAMED TO THE WORLD, INSTANTLY. There is no privacy on the net, so have the horse sense keep everything vanilla.

We know the US government is surveilling its people all the time, so just be careful out there.

Jun 24 09:35


U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress - 1st Session as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Jun 24 09:18

Samsung disables Windows Update on its laptops, wants you to use its own utility instead

In what is yet another case of a manufacturer making things harder than they need to be, Samsung is pushing customers to use its own utility in favor of Windows Update to keep their laptops updated.

All Samsung laptops come with a tool called SW Updater that checks for any updates to bloatware that comes pre-installed, along with driver and software updates. While such utilities are available from most vendors, what's unique about Samsung's SW Updater is that it was found to disable Windows Update, preventing Microsoft's default updater tool from finding new updates.

Jun 24 09:14

Man builds giant computer at home

For many tech companies the race is on to build ever smaller computer processors, but one British man has gone in the opposite direction.

James Newman is building a 14m (45ft) computer processor in the lounge of his bungalow in Cambridge.

Mr Newman's 16-bit "mega processor" will contain 14,000 individual transistors and 3,500 LED Lights.

So far the project had taken him three years and cost about £20,000, he told the BBC.

Jun 24 08:57

Police: ‘Don’t ask Siri about 9/11’

Everybody loves a good Siri Easter egg, but they aren’t always “ha-ha” funny.

The city of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, has apparently seen some serious fallout in the wake of the latest viral “Ask Siri about … ” trend.

If you say “Okay, Google” to Siri, or ask it what the fox says, you’re going to get something funny — or at least funny-ish — in return. Apple’s digital assistant comes preprogrammed with a bunch of responses both silly and earnest. But if you ask Siri about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as recent posts on social media have suggested, the only thing that happens is that your phone will call 911 emergency services. And the CBC reports that this has caused a spate of unwanted hangup calls in Regina that tie up police resources.

Jun 24 08:55

Software companies are leaving the UK because of government’s surveillance plans

Growing concerns about Snooper's Charter and crypto backdoors fuelling exodus.

Jun 24 08:49

Facebook becomes Godzilla news outlet for disinformation

By Jon Rappoport

Will try to save Mockingbird mainstream news...

From, November 15, 2013: “Reddit is only used by 3% of Americans, so it’s right near the bottom of the table. Facebook is the winner, with 64% of the population using the site, and 30% of those users getting news from it.” (emphasis added) (See also this article: “News Use Across Social Media Platforms”.)

If those stunning statistics don’t give you pause for thought, consider this: worldwide, 1.25 billion people use FB’s mobile platform.

And now, FB has plunged into the news business, with a program called Instant Articles...

Jun 24 08:41

Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

A trinity of network failures led to the grounding of all aircraft in New Zealand yesterday.

Just four minutes of outage ended up keeping planes on the ground for two hours, affecting 200 flights on 23 June.

It cut off radar systems and forced traffic controllers to revert to manual systems to land some of the fifty aircraft airborne at the time.

Jun 24 08:33

Hackers exploit fresh PC hijack bug in Adobe Flash Player, the internet's screen door

Adobe is advising users and administrators to patch its Flash Player after yet another remote-code execution vulnerability was discovered in the plugin.

The patch fixes bug CVE-2015-3113, which allows attackers to take control of a system if it opens a malicious Flash file. Miscreants are exploiting the flaw in the wild to hijack PCs, targeting Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and Firefox on Windows XP.

Adobe credited researchers at FireEye in spotting and reporting the flaw. Miscreants are apparently spamming out links in emails to websites hosting malicious Flash files that exploit the vulnerability.

Jun 24 08:30

Leaks reveal NSA surveillance on at least 3 French presidents

The US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the last three presidents of France from 2006 until 2012, according to newly released documents from the WikiLeaks whistleblower website.

Jun 24 08:12

Cyber Attack on Canadian Government a Hoax? Michael Rivero - June 23, 2015

Jun 24 07:10

Second U.S. Agent To Plead Guilty to Bitcoin Theft

The second of two former U.S. government agents charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoin has reached a plea agreement with the prosecutors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The biggest computer crook of all is the US Government!

Jun 24 06:55

Facebook can recognize you even it can't see your face

Privacy expert warns software may lead to us being tracked in everything we do

Facebook calls its method Pose Invariant PErson Recognition or 'Piper'

Jun 24 06:40

Facebook can recognise you even if it CAN'T see your face: Privacy expert warns software may lead to us being tracked in everything we do

Chances are there are hundreds, if not thousands, of images of you across the web that you don't even realise you are in.

If a stranger has taken a photo in a crowded place and you've been snapped in the background accidentally, you would be none the wiser.

An algorithm created by Facebook has the potential to scour the web for such pictures and warn a person about them.

But the technology could also be used to more easily track people, and a privacy expert is calling for our faces to be protected in the same way our fingerprints and DNA are.

Jun 24 06:08

France summons US envoy over ‘Wikileaks’ spying revelations

The revelations were first reported by French daily Liberation and on news website Mediapart, which said the NSA spied on presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande during the period of at least 2006 until May 2012.

According to the documents, Mr Sarkozy considered restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks without US involvement and Mr Hollande feared a Greek euro zone exit back in 2012.

Mr Le Foll said Paris had not decided whether to launch legal proceedings as Germany had done but, amid calls from some quarters for retaliation, played down diplomatic consequences.

“In the face of threats that we face and given the historic ties linking us, we have to keep a perspective,“ he said. “We‘re not going to break diplomatic ties.“

Jun 24 06:07


Researchers have created a robot that can use its body shape to move through a densely cluttered environment.

Jun 24 03:07

Brilliant Lights and a Massive Solar Storm Just Hit Earth: “Power Grid and GPS Could Be Disrupted”

Thought it couldn’t happen here? Well it just did.

A major geomagnetic storm – triggered by a solar mass coronal ejection – just took place this week on a massive scale – creating a level 4 event that produced brilliant auroras (visible in the sky over northern parts of North America and Europe) as well as significant solar-magnetic distortions in the atmosphere...


Jun 23 21:50

Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

Privacy advocates claim always-listening component was involuntarily activated within Chromium, potentially exposing private conversations.

Jun 23 15:41

NSA, GCHQ hacked Kaspersky, other cybersecurity companies – Snowden docs

US and British spy agencies worked to reverse-engineer antivirus software in order to “exploit such software and to prevent detection of our activities.”

Jun 23 15:36

Australia Passes Its Own SOPA, Ignores All Concerns About It

As was widely expected after getting the greenlight to move forward with the bill, the Australian palirament has now approved its version of SOPA, allowing courts to issue censorship orders to block entire foreign websites outright, with no real recourse.

Jun 23 15:15

Apple Paying Just $0.002 Per Stream During Its Free Trial Period…

Yesterday, Apple reversed course and announced that artists would be paid during the free trial phase of its upcoming streaming service, Apple Music.

Just one problem: Apple will only be paying a severely-discounted rate during the trial. And that rate looks to be $0.002, or 1/5th of a penny per stream.

Jun 23 13:28

Obama urged to impose sanctions on China over hacking allegation

Republican presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio has called on US President Barack Obama to stop rhetoric against China and impose sanctions on the country over the hacking allegation.

Jun 23 12:24




Jun 23 11:58


In a win for Obama and a defeat for labor unions skeptical of the trade deal, the Senate voted 60-37 to limit debate on the fast-track measure. That just barely satisfied the 60-vote threshold needed after two senators who supported the bill on its first run through the Senate a month ago - Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Ben Cardin - changed their votes to "no."

Jun 23 08:39

Obama urged to impose sanctions on China over hacking allegation

Republican presidential hopeful Senator Marco Rubio has called on US President Barack Obama to stop rhetoric against China and impose sanctions on the country over the hacking allegation.

Jun 23 08:10

Is Big Brother spying on you through your computer?

Initially, the NSA built backdoors into the world’s most popular software program – Microsoft Windows – by 1999.

A top expert in the ‘microprocessors’ or ‘chips’ inside every computer – having helped start two semiconductor companies and a supercomputer firm – says:

He would be “surprised” if the US National Security Agency was not embedding “back doors” inside chips produced by Intel and AMD, two of the world’s largest semiconductor firms, giving them the possibility to access and control machines.

And a government expert told the Washington Post that the government “quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type” (confirmed). Even that is just “the tip of the iceberg”, according to a congress member briefed on the NSA’s spying program.

The New York Times reported in 2011 that German police were using spyware to turn on the webcam and microphone on peoples’ computers:

Jun 23 05:36


Under the upcoming policy, the Uber app could collect precise location data about a customer's smart phone, even when the app is running in the background or they have turned off their GPS location finder. If the app isn't on, Uber can figure out the user's approximate location from their Internet address. If the user permits it, the Uber app can access the user's address book and use the names and contact information it finds there.

Jun 22 19:29

House Intel Committee Chair: US Is At ‘The Highest Threat Level We Have Ever Faced In This Country’

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee warns that America is dealing with “the highest threat level we have ever faced in this country.”

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the threat is coming from the radicalization of young people and foreign fighters heading to Iraq and Syria to join terror groups.

“They’re very good at communicating through separate avenues where it’s very difficult to track,” Nunes said. “That’s why when you get a young person who is willing to get into these chat rooms, go on the Internet and get radicalized, it’s something we are not only unprepared [for], we are also not used to it in this country.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Bad internet. BAD Internet!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jun 22 18:20

Australia passes controversial anti-piracy web censorship law

The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 allows companies to go to a Federal Court judge to get overseas sites blocked if their "primary purpose" is facilitating copyright infringement.

Dr Matthew Rimmer, an associate professor at the Australian National University College of Law, points out that there is a lack of definitions within the bill: "What is 'primary purpose'? There's no definition. What is 'facilitation'? Again, there's no definition." That's dangerous, he believes, because it could lead to "collateral damage," whereby sites that don't intend to hosting infringing material are blocked because a court might rule they were covered anyway. Moreover, Rimmer told The Sydney Morning Herald that controversial material of the kind released by WikiLeaks is often under copyright, which means that the new law could be used to censor information that was embarrassing, but in the public interest.

Jun 22 18:17

Uber hit with privacy complaint

The complaint centers around Uber’s new privacy policy, which was introduced in May and takes effect on July 15. It has drawn attention from privacy advocates who say it subjects users of the app to more data collection than before.

Under the new policy, the company could get permission to track users' location data even when they are not using the app. Even if a user has disabled the application’s access to their phone’s GPS, the company could use the phone’s IP address to obtain some location data.

Jun 22 18:16

Major internet providers slowing traffic speeds for thousands across US

Major internet providers, including AT&T, Time Warner and Verizon, are slowing data from popular websites to thousands of US businesses and residential customers in dozens of cities across the country, according to a study released on Monday.

The study, conducted by internet activists BattlefortheNet, looked at the results from 300,000 internet users and found significant degradations on the networks of the five largest internet service providers (ISPs), representing 75% of all wireline households across the US.

The findings come weeks after the Federal Communications Commission introduced new rules meant to protect “net neutrality” – the principle that all data is equal online – and keep ISPs from holding traffic speeds for ransom.

Jun 22 15:31

NSA Poking Around Antivirus Software

The Intercept says the NSA the U.K. GCHQ have reverse-engineered antivirus software i

Jun 22 10:57

US and British Spies Targeted Antivirus Companies

When the Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab disclosed recently that it had been hacked, it noted that the attackers, believed to be from Israel, had been in its network since sometime last year.

The company also said the attackers seemed intent on studying its antivirus software to find ways to subvert the software on customer machines and avoid detection.

Now newly published documents released by Edward Snowden show that the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, were years ahead of Israel and had engaged in a systematic campaign to target not only Kaspersky software but the software of other antivirus and security firms as far back as 2008.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Governments are the biggest cyber-criminals of all!

Jun 22 10:25

Obama admits: Obamacare website 'disaster'

President Obama made a somewhat shocking admission, given his tendency to divert blame from his own White House – even to the point where the lagging economy has been painted as George W. Bush’s fault several years into the current administration – and said his Obamacare website has proven disastrous.

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Jun 22 09:08

They’ve lost the argument: Petition to ban ‘climate deniers’ from Facebook

Breitbart brought our attention to a petition that calls on Facebook to ban climate change denial pages. With only 3,326 signatories out of a goal of 500,000, it doesn’t seem like the petition is going to accomplish its goal—and probably for good reason.

As bad as climate denial is, shutting them out of Facebook would justify their persecution complex, and might engender more sympathy for their position. Really, who treats Facebook as a place to discuss science? For the most part, we think denier groups are small enough that they pretty much serve as something to point and laugh at, because they’re not likely to be gain many converts when compared to the audience of Murdoch’s media empire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sadly, many people have fallen into the propaganda trap of using "climate denial" to describe people who are skeptical of the claims regarding human-caused global warming. Nobody doubts climate changes. The issue is the claim that the Earth is warming dangerously (several record-setting winters have disproven that) and the claim that human activity represents a major driving force of climate on earth (it doesn't; solar output and the slowly changing shape of earth's orbit are the dominating factors).

Jun 22 08:13

Ten photos of 3D printed bridges, buildings and other supersized structures

If you thought 3D printers were only good for building tiny plastic toys then you're mostly right, especially when it comes to desktop models.

However, there are people using the technology to realize grander designs, to create bridges and even buildings. Here are 10 projects promising to make 3D printing bigger and better.

Jun 22 07:33

Israeli minister’s wife tweets racist joke about President Obama

A racist message on Tweeter about US President Barack Obama by the wife of Israel’s Interior Minister Silvan Shalom has caused uproar on social media.
“Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak,” Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes tweeted on Sunday.

Jun 21 17:04

Polish Airline Cancels Flights After Hacker Attack

Poland's LOT airline has been forced to cancel around 10 foreign and domestic flights after hackers attacked its computers.

Airline spokesman Adrian Kubicki said the hacker attack temporarily paralyzed LOT's computers at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin airport on Sunday, disrupting the processing of passengers for the flights.

Jun 21 11:51

What’s the deal with the TPP?

By Jeb Kicker

Many Americans have heard of this giant trade deal known as the TPP, or Trans-Pacific Partnership. Most don’t have a clue what the agreement actually contains or what effects it will have on our situation in America. All citizens should at least know what is being discussed; this pact will have enormous implications and the widespread ignorance of its provisions is by design. Let’s dive in...

Jun 20 14:55

DIY Healthcare: A New Kind of Insurance

By Brian Berletic

Health insurance is a financial scheme devised to help individuals cope with otherwise impossible-to-pay medical bills. By large numbers of people paying monthly premiums (or taxes) to a centralized insurance or healthcare provider, the smaller number of those who actually need expensive coverage can be accommodated.

But this is mainly because healthcare is so expensive in the first place. For now, it is the best we have, but what if healthcare wasn't so expensive in the first place? What if it was as affordable as food or other regular consumer products? How could healthcare become as affordable as food or regular consumer products?...